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A lot of people assume that recycling is somewhat useful, but not necessarily very effective. I think this partially stems from the fact that recycling is not always profitable by itself.
Here’s an article with some good facts: The truth about recycling
- Using the US as an example, recycling reduces CO2 emissions by an estimated 49 million tons per year, of about 1.5 billion total, which equals a reduction of 3.3%. This is a big deal for the worlds largest polluter.
- The above reduction in CO2 is roughly equivalent to taking 8.3 million cars off the road in the US.
- Quote: “Recycling aluminium can reduce energy consumption by as much as 95%“
- Quote: “Savings for other materials are lower but still substantial: about 70% for plastics, 60% for steel, 40% for paper and 30% for glass.“
So, as we can see, recycling is obviously a worthwhile venture.